Life of service

Helen Creagh in her garden. Picture: Bruce Hunt www.communitypix.com.au d414499
Helen Creagh in her garden. Picture: Bruce Hunt www.communitypix.com.au d414499

Mrs Creagh was the founder and co-ordinator of the Mundaring School for Seniors, which started in 1989, as well as president, board member and volunteer at the Hills Community Support Group in the 1980s ” now known as the Rise Community Support Network.

She was a volunteer at the Prison Fellowship of WA until 2009 and a mentor at Sawyers Valley Primary School from 2010 to 2012.

Mrs Creagh is also a committee member for the Mundaring Accommodation for Retired Citizens, secretary of the Mundaring Uniting Church and a member of the Hills Choir.

Despite being hugely valued by her community, a modest Mrs Creagh said she felt ‘unworthy’ of the award.

‘There are so many people who do so much in the community,’ Mrs Creagh said.

She said the news of her award had ‘gone viral’, with friends and relatives sharing it on social media.

‘It’s been amazing,’ she said.

‘I moved to Mundaring 40 years ago for a tree change ” it’s so rewarding being involved in volunteering.’

The Order of Australia is the pre-eminent means of recognising Australians who have demonstrated outstanding service or exceptional achievement.